From CanSkate to the competitive stream, you can access all the information you need for programs including descriptions and details.






Test Days

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Are you interested in finding a program where your child will learn how to skate in a fun environment? Join the East York Skating Club CanSkate Session!

The CanSkate Session allows skaters to work with Skate Canada Professional Skating Coaches. Skaters learn in an active and fun group setting. With circuits, games and dynamic activities, everyone will be skating in no time!

Skaters will work towards a complete series of balance, control and agility skills that will prepare them for any ice skating sport or recreational skating (i.e. figure skating, hockey, speed skating, ringette).

Skaters are introduced to a healthy, lifelong activity at an early age through the promotion of fun, fitness and participation.

CanSkate Session

(Skaters working on stages 1-4)

We have developed a new CanSkate program based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles. Exciting features include new awards, great tools for coaches and, most importantly, a tested and proven new curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills faster.

The new program also includes specific skills that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. The result is a dynamic new program that prepares skaters for virtually every ice sport.

Skate Canada is also proud to have all its programs taught by professional coaches who are specially trained and certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

Halloween Costume Day

All skaters are encouraged to dress up in their favourite Halloween costume! Music and treats will keep the ghosts and ghouls skating and having fun! Please note, costumes must be safe to wear on the ice. Please ensure they are not too long or too restricting. Helmets are still mandatory. Some costumes may have to be altered for safety.

Valentine’s Treat Day

Come dressed in red, white and pink to celebrate Valentine’s Day! This is a great occasion to spread cheer and have some fun!


Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about!

STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and interpretive skating. Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. Skaters who have mastered figure skating skills in STARSkate may also choose to pursue synchronized skating or pairs skating.


StarSkate Sessions


(Formerly Pre-Introductory Session in spring 2016)

Skaters working on Stages 5 or 6 and on the new Star 1 testing stream (Skills, Freeskate & Dance)

1 hour sessions featuring 45 minutes of group instruction with certified coaches.  Private lessons are recommended at this level. 


(Formerly Introductory Session in spring 2016)

Skaters must have passed stage 6 but not passed Preliminary Skills or Freeskate, OR qualified for Introductory in Spring 2016

Skaters will be working on the new Star 2 & 3 testing level in Skills, Freeskate & Dance. The session will be structured with your private coach in a group format to maximize instruction time. Private coaching is mandatory at this level. 


(Formerly Pre-Star Session in spring 2016)

Skaters must have passed 1 Junior Bronze dance AND Preliminary Skills or Freeskate, OR qualified for Pre-Star in spring 2016

Skaters will be working on the new Star 4 & 5 testing level, Preliminary & Junior Bronze Skills, Freeskate & Dance as well as Competition Star 2 – 4 levels.


(Formerly Star 1 & 2 Sessions in spring 2016)

Skaters must have passed their Senior Bronze dances AND Senior Bronze skills or Freeskate, OR qualified for Star 1 or 2 in spring 2016

Skaters will be working on Senior Bronze level testing & higher & Competitive Levels Star 5 – Gold.

The Harness

The harness is a device used by the Skate Canada Professional Coaching Staff to assist skaters with their jumps. Parent and skater must sign a waiver prior to using this device. Any use of the harness is done through the Private Coach (not by individual skaters/parents). Your private coach will inform you whether this tool will be used during lessons.

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Off - Ice Fitness

The EYSC is pleased to offer off-ice training sessions once a week for skaters in Fundamental, Bronze, Silver and Gold Sessions. Skaters will work with Figure Skater Bootcamp on strengthening, conditioning and flexibility to help their on-ice skills. Sessions will take place at the Stan Wadlow Club House beginning on the following days:

Gold Session: Sundays 6:30-7:30 PM (begins September 18th)
Silver Session: Tuesdays 7:15-8:15 PM (begins September 20th)
Bronze Session: Wednesday 7:00-8:00 PM (begins September 21st)
Fundamental Session: Sundays 5:30-6:30 PM (begins October 2nd)

Note: We invite skaters to participate in their qualified session, but would permit them the flexibility to attend another session (i.e Bronze skaters can attend Fundamental, Bronze or Silver) Payment will be included in skater’s registration fees.

Off - Ice Program Structure

Figure Skater Bootcamp is a sport specific fitness program designed by Signe Ronka, International and National Competitive figure skater, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and NCCP 3 National Competitive coach. The program includes specialized focus on proper warm up exercises, with active, dynamic and sport specific components, sport specific conditioning and a  flexibility component.

The program is structured in an 8 week cycle with a testing phase built in quarterly.  

Some key features covered in the program are:

  • Anaerobic circuits to improve lactate threshold so skaters can get through their solo without getting tired.
  • Plyometrics, explosive exercises off one foot, bounding type, vertical jump work to improve height in jumps and quick twitch on rotation.
  • Core/Balance: stability exercises, muscular endurance exercises, cross rotational core exercises, back exercises, balance exercises.
  • Upper Body- work on developing all the muscle groups to help improve quickness on take offs, in air positions.
  • Lower body strength- work on developing all the muscles in the lower body in order to generate speed, explosive power, and proper balance of anterior/posterior muscle groups.
  • Coordination/Speed/Agility- developing power, quick start, reaction time.
  • Injury Prevention exercises- work on stability drills to strengthen both superficial muscle groups and deep muscles used to stabilize body to prevent injuries
  • Flexibility- increasing range of motion in joints for better functional performance, increase flexibility through various stretch techniques

Off - Ice Program Benefits

Skaters who join these classes will see rapid improvement not only in strength off the ice, but will notice more power when they skate, height in their jumps and general speed improvement.  

We have a wonderful group of certified Figure Skater Bootcamp instructors, who work at multiple locations around the Greater Toronto Area.  Here at East York Skating Club, skaters will train hard with Charlotte Lawson. 

For any questions about our program, please contact Signe at . You can also visit for more information.